WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College's sixth annual Ruhlman
Conference will be held Wednesday, May 1. Made possible
by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary
Study, the conference aims to foster collaboration among
students and faculty across the disciplines and to enhance
the intellectual life of the college.
The event is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff,
friends, family, alumnae and guests to come together in
celebration of student achievement. Assembled from the considerable
academic endeavor that goes into producing senior theses
and other independent study, the Ruhlman Conference focuses
on student achievement, including research, creative work
and artistic performance.
Traditionally, student work takes
place in private, presented to a select few for judgment.
Wellesley's Ruhlman Conference brings hard-won knowledge
into the light, allowing the community to benefit from individual
Talks, colloquia, panels, poster sessions, exhibitions,
musical and theatrical performances, readings of original
work, debate sessions, field studies and interactive teaching
presentations make up the day-long presentations.
Presentations are grouped under general topics including
"About Wellesley," "The Arts," "Gender and Sexuality," "Multiculturalism
and Diversity," "Science and Technology" and more. For example,
from 11 am-12:10 pm in Founders 120, the topic "Social Institutions
and Processes" features "American Popular Culture." Four
students will make presentations including ones on "The
Spectacle of Sports and Politics" and "Olympic Propaganda."
The conference begins at 8:30 am. After lunch from 12:10-1:30
pm, sessions run through 5:40 pm. Here are a few samples
of the variety of work that will be on display:
-"Birth and Death of Neurons in the Brain" will be presented
in Pendleton West 212 from 11 am-12:10 pm by Reezwana Chowdhury
'02, Andrea Dingman '02, Yolanda Huang '03, Jennifer Mahoney
'02, Jing-Yu Pan '02 and Sara Wasserman '02.
"Nerve cells (neurons) are unique cells within the body
because in adulthood they have a very limited potential
for regeneration," the students note. "One of the most exciting
discoveries in neuroscience in the last decade is that neurons
in the adult nervous system do have some capacity for proliferation.
We will explore neuronal birth and death in invertebrate
and vertebrate animal models. These findings have implications
for disorders of the nervous system as diverse as schizophrenia,
brain metastasis of cancer, and spinal cord injury."
-"Hitchhiking Through The Universe On Wellesley's 24-inch
Telescope" will be presented in Pendleton East 117 from
1:30-2:40 pm by Carolin Cardamone '02, Bena Chang '04, Tara
Donner '02, Leah Graniela '02, Jennifer Huff '04, and Chesea
The students will examine astronomy projects produced at
Wellesley's Whitin Observatory. "We will explore the fundamentals
of imaging the night sky," they write in the conference
program. "We will describe how we measured the mass of Saturn
by following the motions of its moons; the spin of an asteroid
by tracking its light through the night; the distance to
a star cluster by determining star colors."
-"The Portrayal of Bullies on Children's Television Programs,"
by Charlotte Sears '02, will be among several presentations
offered in Pendleton East 239 from 1:30-2:40 pm. "Bullying
is a pervasive problem throughout schools worldwide," Sears
says. "How bullies are depicted on TV may influence children's
conceptions of bullies and bullying. Because TV is a major
source of information, it may affect children abilities
to identify real-life bullies."
-"Responding to Terrorism from a Buddhist Perspective"
will be presented in Pendleton West 212 from 4:30-5:40 pm
by Sarah Argue '03, Jeanne Perrin '04, Naomi Warren '02,
Michelle Hollembaek '03, Laura Pena '04 and Vickie Baldasarre
"Since Sept. 11, Americans and others around the world
have been mobilizing and valiantly fighting back against
terrorism," the students note. "How can Buddhism, a philosophy
that promulgates nonviolence, have anything to offer in
these times? How would a Buddhist approach compare to the
current war on terrorism?"
A complete schedule and description of the presentations
can be found at http://new.wellesley.edu/DeanCollege/Ruhlman/schedule.pdf.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The
College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate